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The story is very reminiscent of the film My Fair Lady, although in this story the woman who must be made into a lady, also wants to enter the serious world of acting. Her name is Lucia Di Rossi, her parents are dead and she has been brought up by her uncle. The extended family are a family of singers and dancers, and as Lucia can do neither, she is treated as a dog's body and made to feel worthless.
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She dreams of leaving her family, but can't see anyway to make that happen. Fortunately for her, Lord Rivers Fitzroy attends one of the shows put on by her family, and a bet ensues between him and one of his friends. He makes a wager with his friend that he can take Lucia, the too thin, plain Jane and turn her into the first lady of London's Stage. He approaches her with his offer, and manages to convince her that he can do what he has wagered.
In just 6 weeks he must achieve his goal. Here starts the guts of the story, showing just how he attempts to achieve his goal.
Of course the more time he and Lucia spend time together, the more they realise that they have feelings towards each other. Lucia doesn't believe that anything can come of it because she is a nobody, and he is a Lord, expected to marry well. Rivers thinks all will be well if after the 6 weeks she will become his mistress, which is something he doesn't realise she won't do. All in all this story is wonderful, as we watch Lucia blossom we also watch the lovely romance unfold, one that even if it isn't destined to go anywhere, makes you sigh with the perfectness of it.
They make a wonderful couple despite class, but with his father dead set against the match, can everything work out in the end? Will the stress of the relationship put Lucia under too much strain and will that stop her being able to perform to her best ability on the night she is to try to win River's wager? I really loved this story. Lucia is my favourite character because although being downtrodden by her family, and having lost her parents, she still manages to be a sweet, caring person rather than a bitter one.
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Rivers sees something in her that nobody else does, and as we watch her blossom we can't help but like her even more. I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Until one night two Gentleman made a wager that A wonderful story of two vastly different people from opposite ends of the social ladder who find each other and fall in love. Until one night two Gentleman made a wager that River couldn't turn her into an actress that could fool an audience.
Rivers is falling in love with Lucia and doesn't know how he will let her go, but he knows that his father wants him marry a society lady and have a son. Feb 18, Laura rated it really liked it. I was concerned that too much time was spent on focusing on their differences for me to ever believe, as a reader, that there was anything romantic between them. I was not sure I was going to like the hero, as he was a little self-absorbed and seemed to see Lucia as a plaything for his amusement, or as someone he could unthinkingly insult by seeing her as less than a lady in one moment and being surprised she ate with the servants the next.
However, Rivers finally saw her as more than a bet, a gamble, or a wager and that was where the story really became interesting to me. He started to see Lucia as so much more than the quiet girl he made a scholarly bet about making her into an actress. I liked the part at the end where he was willing to go against the wishes of his father in order to marry the woman he loved, although after watching her perform, and knowing how much Rivers loved her, I am still not sure I believed the Duke would be so against the marriage.
Cinderella and Pygmalion are obvious themes here and it worked. The author does a good job of not only showing their differences but of also showing why they are perfect for one another.